Hospitals are Hiring Hundreds of Travel Nurses to Tackle Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Hospitals are struggling to find enough doctors, nurses and other health care workers to care for mounting numbers of critically ill coronavirus patients. The staffing problems are on top of the equipment problems — the lack of ICU beds, ventilators, and masks and other protective equipment needed to prevent the healers from becoming patients. Hospitals are taking extraordinary measures to bulk up the workforce, from calling on retirees for help to assigning medical students to answer the phones. The American Nurses Association suggested that nurses with inactive licenses, school nurses and senior nursing students can take on roles like helping out at drive-thru testing sites or long-term care facilities. Overall, the response from nurses to help throughout different areas has been awesome and they are very willing to help their fellow nurses and the community.
Hospitals are assigning the confirmed cases of COVID-19 to staff nurses first and the ratio is 1:1. Travel nurses are needed to help with backfill. Nurses are at risk to catch the virus and if they do, they will need to self-quarantine for 14 days. Travel nurses can help when that happens. We have seen the need for travel nurses skyrocket. The most in-demand specialties (but not limited to) ICU, CNA, CVICU, ER, RN, Respiratory Therapist, and more. Pay rates in general, are much higher right now throughout the region – around $2600 per week.
How Nurses and Healthcare Workers Can Help
Preparedness is key as we plan for the identification of additional cases in the days ahead. Which leads to more opportunities to help to arise. Focus Staff supports your ongoing efforts on the frontlines to treat and prevent the spread of COVID-19. As the situation continues to rapidly evolve, we are here to assist you in the best way possible.
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